MADISON, WIS. — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced a program for meat processors that works to improve the long-term viability of the state’s livestock. DATCP is accepting applications for meat processor grants through March 17.

The grants are funded through Governor Tony Evers’ 2021-23 biennial budget and will provide up to $50,000 per project. Processors must match the grant amount.

“There is a strong need out there to modernize, expand and enhance the capacity of our meat processing infrastructure,” said DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski. “The funding included in the governor’s budget can be used to ease some of the supply chain bottlenecks and help our state’s already strong meat processing industry increase throughput.”

Eligible applicants must operate or intend to operate a DATCP or US Department of Agriculture licensed meat processing establishment in Wisconsin. DATCP is only accepting projects that increase harvest capacity or production. The grants can be used for operating expenses directly related to the project, including expenses for engineering, architectural design, construction, food safety consultation and equipment.